Empathy is not a virtue; it is a reflex as mundane as belching or napping lazily after a big meal. It is championed in societies that have lost touch with virtue and is, therefore, one of the unmistakable signs of decadence. In my mind, there can be no virtue without discernment. It is discernment that helps a man decide which instinct he should follow, which reflex he should ignore, and which he should embrace. The instincts themselves are not nearly as important as the mind that presides over them.